Holding Politicians Accountable

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Billion-dollar presidential race, are you kidding me? In 2016 that’ll be for starters. The country’s going to the highest bidder, I believe. Or it’s perceived to be going to the highest bidder. You’re going to have a few people who are able to play the game and that’ll be it.

- U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) on his support for a constitutional amendment to regulate campaign spending (Public News Service)

As governor of West Virginia, Manchin helped enact a public financing program for state Supreme Court races that allows candidates to run campaigns for office without having to rely on big donations from interests that might come before the Court.

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At Thursday’s Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on a constitutional amendment to regulate campaign fundraising and spending, Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill) said, “The right to vote is under attack on two fronts: A well-funded coordinated effort has made it harder for millions of Americans to vote, and at the same time, unleashed a tidal wave of special interest and corporate money into elections to drown out the voices of average Americans.”

At Thursday’s Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on a constitutional amendment to regulate campaign fundraising and spending, Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill) said, “The right to vote is under attack on two fronts: A well-funded coordinated effort has made it harder for millions of Americans to vote, and at the same time, unleashed a tidal wave of special interest and corporate money into elections to drown out the voices of average Americans.”

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